By the way Zeek,
RS 120 headphones arrived yesterday - Amazon,
$70.85 shipped. What a
revelation! The ear piece doesn't hurt; it's not even
annoying. The sound is what blew my mind though. It's true
that my TV Ears* are not
stereo, but, wow. I threw my Saving
Private Ryan CD into the player. The landing scene is my
go-to test for evaluating speakers, etc. They scored a solid
A. I hear things I would have missed entirely with TV Ears, and
hear so clearly I haven't required captions.
Even better, the rechargeable batteries that I expected to be like TV
Ears ($30 replacement) are rechargeable AA batteries. A downside were
the instructions. If there are 100 words total, I'm Brad Pitt,
and printed in unreadable 4 point type. I spent considerable time
looking for how to charge the damned things, or even where the
batteries went. Wasn't expecting the ingenious "hang and charge"
system. Also, if I lower the television volume too much, it
shuts down. It has auto turnoff if no sound is present, but
thinks a volume setting of lower than "5" is off. All that's
nit-picky though. These things are the berries! *They
sell a line of what look like TV Ears - but these
Received E-Mail from a
friend suggesting I look at this week's TIME
"The content and tenor of the article
falls outside the normal Time lockstep, with the Obama administration"
I did. The goose-stepping looks pretty much the same,
considering. I mean, Obama's failure is out there. It's as
plain to see as a wad of hand cream on a dark blue dress.
Somethings can't be ignored, only camouflaged. In a recent survey
47% of Americans said that they would have to
sell some of their possessions, if they had to come up with $2000 (like
paying to get a car transmission fixed, or paying the utility
It's hard for TIME subscribers to swallow this, unaccustomed as they are to
intra-cult criticism. But, if you must man-up and deliver foul tasting
medicine, the old hide-it-between-slices-of bread gambit is time proven effective.
are trying to pin every economic problem on Obama in the run-up to the
2012 election. Let's be clear: the slow growth the U.S. is experiencing
is not an Obama-specific problem. Many of the ingredients in it were
already baked into the economy and were simply laid bare by the
But at the
same time, the growth problem is Obama's. Every President inherits his
predecessor's economy; indeed, it's often what gets him the job. It's
then up to the new guy to change the numbers as well as the debate. Now
it looks as if Obama is losing that debate.
The Republicans have pulled off a major (some
would say cynical) miracle by convincing the majority of Americans that
the way to jump-start the economy is to slash taxes on the wealthy and
on cash-hoarding corporations while cutting benefits for millions of
Americans. It's fun-house math that can't work;
They've been doing stuff like this since shortly after Henry Luce
went to heaven.
Charles thought he would be attending a
confirmation ceremony for the Grand Rajmata in the Duchy of
Boswaniman, but no. It was the marriage of Reggie Williams
to Katrina vanden Heuvel in Bradenton. Schmuck.